Autumn Season Wedding Dreams
As the summer winds down to a close and we begin to prepare ourselves for the coming winter, it’s good to remember that between the two, there is a blustery, flustery time known as autumn and if you’re the kind of couple who are one hundred percent behind the concept of seasonal weddings, then this may very well be an exciting time for you!
Anyone with eyes can see that the colour palettes, crispness, and general mood of autumn are definitely things to incorporate into your wedding, but why not just lean into the concept and put together an autumn wedding which they’ll still be talking about long into February. We’ve rounded up our best ideas and inspirations for all the autumnal newlyweds out there.
Everyone knows the key to good makeup is preparation. When it comes to your wedding, that preparation has to start a couple of weeks in advance. First, you definitely want to be taking extra care of your skin well in advance of your big day. Most experts urge you to develop and maintain a thorough day and night skincare routine, that you want to put into place at least six months before the wedding. It’s a long time, but skincare doesn’t work overnight, so give yourself plenty of breathing room.
You should also do a trial-run of your makeup look a few weeks before the wedding. Firstly, to see if you really like the way it looks (wear a t-shirt a similar colour to your dress to get a real sense of the whole effect). Secondly, to test how long the makeup will hold. And finally, to see if your skin has any adverse reaction to the products being used. All things you want to know well in advance.
Venues & Weather Go Hand in Hand
The autumn months are usually very temperate, mild months. But weather is an unpredictable force in our lives, so it best be part of the considerations, particularly if you’re looking to having an outside ceremony and reception.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have a glorious time in your venue, and with autumn, there’s definitely a sense of the homey, the rustic, the rural, and the earthy to an autumn wedding theme. If your eyes are seeking beyond the city limits, and into the country, then there is ample opportunity to have your autumn moment among fiery-leafed trees, but perhaps have a marquee nearby so that there is some shelter (especially if your wedding is running into the night).
Colours Are Warm, Vibrant And… Shiny?
When we think about autumn colours, most of us gravitate towards shades of tan and brown. And make no mistake: your white or ivory dress will look absolutely beautiful against those hues. Don’t, however, limit yourself to what’s traditional. Autumn is also a season deeply associated with metallic colours — gold in particular, which can come in varying shades, of which rose gold is likely the most appropriate. There are also a range of jewel colours you can incorporate — ruby and emerald to name a few.
Consider your options when selecting your colours, looking for shades that are contrasting, but still conjure up the image and mood of a warm autumn afternoon, watching leaves fall with a steaming cup of cocoa.
Details Maketh The Day
This is true for almost any theme you want to incorporate into your wedding, but doubly so for an autumn theme. Try some rustic garlands for decoration, and a vintage lamps to provide soft, pretty lighting. When you’re arranging your flowers, ask for autumnal foliage to be prominent in your bouquets and table settings. Ply your guests with hot drinks (toddies or chocolate will work!) in cute tin cups. Let your guests know where they’re supposed to be sitting with seating cards held in mini pumpkins, or accompanied by classic autumn fruits. Instead of throwing confetti, or rice, or even rose petals, collect autumn leaves for your guests to celebrate with you.
It’s often in these small details that moments become memorable, something to be shared over hot chocolate in another autumn years later. Pay attention to these, and you’ll find that the rest of your theme pulls itself together around them nicely.
This, of course, is not just about what you wear, though that is important — make sure you keep warm when all the pomp and ceremony is over! Also, if you’re that way inclined, this would be the perfect moment to live your dream of a long-sleeved wedding dress, or a shoulder to floor cape, or some evening gloves that reach up far past the elbows.
Either way, cold folks don’t have fun at events. Ensure that there are soft, cuddly blankets for your guests to use if the weather cools down, and that the space you are all in is well-heated. Because everyone loves a good coat, but none of us really want to spend an entire wedding in one.
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